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  • France: New-concept trimaran oil recovery vessel


    Preliminary design work on the Oil Sea Harvester (OSH), a new anti-pollution trimaran capable of storing 6,000 t of oil, has recently been carried out by Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique (LCA), a subsidiary of Alstom Marine, with funding from CEPM, France’s Committee for Oil and Marine Research, and support from CEDRE, the French center for documentation, research and experimentation on accidental water pollution. Christian Gaudin, a French naval architect at LCA, proposed the construction of this trimaran, which measures 225-ft long and 105-ft wide. The aim is to design a vessel capable of responding more quickly and effectively to shortcomings that became apparent during the sinking of the Erika off the coast of Brittany in 1999. The new trimaran offers the ability to operate in bad weather in open seas, unlike present vessels, and it also provides increased storage capacity.

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